Rhubarb Cocktail

The standard simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar. But our Test Kitchen found a 5:1 ratio of water to sugar along with fresh fruit added plenty of sweetness to adult beverages.

Rhubarb Cocktail in talk glass with stalk of rhubarb and lime wedge
Photo: Jacob Fox
Total Time:
10 mins
1 drink


  • 5 0.125 inch slices fresh ginger

  • 2 0.25 inch slices rhubarb

  • 3 tablespoon (1 1/2 oz.) vodka

  • 2 tablespoon (1 oz.) Rhubarb Syrup

  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

  • Ice cubes

  • 3 tablespoon (1 1/2 oz.) club soda

  • Lime slice, rhubarb swizzle stick, and/or rhubarb peel curl (optional)


  1. In a cocktail shaker combine ginger and sliced rhubarb; crush against side with a muddler or the back of a spoon. Add vodka, Rhubarb Syrup, and lime juice. Add ice cubes; cover and shake until very cold. Strain liquid through a small fine-mesh sieve into a tall ice-filled glass. Top with club soda. If desired, serve with a lime slice, rhubarb swizzle stick, and/or rhubarb peel curl.


To vary the flavor, sub white rum, sliver tequila, or gin for the vodka.

Rhubarb Syrup

In a small saucepan combine 1 1/4 cups water, 1 cup 1/4-inch slices rhubarb, 1/4 cup sugar, and dash salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 6 minutes or until rhubarb breaks down when stirred. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids. Makes 1 1/3 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

117 Calories
6g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 117
% Daily Value *
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 5g
Vitamin C 3.1mg 16%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Potassium 14mg 0%
Folate, total 1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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